Incorporate the Vitality of Feng Shui into Your Yard

When applied to your yard, feng shui design will draw its healthy energy into your home as well.

Do not be concerned if your yard is considered too little for feng shui design, as size is is not especially relevant. Of course, a big area is fantastic if you have it, but rest assured that feng shui works just as well in smaller areas as well.

Feng shui tools are the same whether you are working in your garden or your home. In order to understand the energy map, or bagua, of your garden, you will first need to know your home’s bagua. ft-220__99471.jpg

In order to make the most of feng shui, it is crucial to start by knowing how to strengthen each of its five elements.

Feng shui design calls for the Earth element, for example, to be integrated into the northeastern corner of your garden, as that section connects to self-cultivation and personal growth energy. This could be the perfect place to put a meditative Zen garden with some beautiful stones because these represent the Earth element in feng shui.

People thinking about including a water element into their garden should place it in one of these feng shui areas: North (career & path in life), Southeast (money and abundance), or East (health & family).

What You Will Need to Have for an Outdoor Water Fountain

When planning where to set up your garden fountain, do not forget that you will need somewhere to plug it in and a convenient source of water. The joy of owning one occasionally causes people to overlook the technical details when setting it up for the first time. Since standard power cords are only 12 feet in length, you might need to add an extension cord to reach the closest 120v outlet. You will also need to have a water source close by so that you can conveniently fill your water fountain. Hauling water is hard and laborious. The easiest way to fill the fountain is with a nearby water hose. A water fountain autofill is an even better alternative, but will require the help of an expert who knows how to set it up since the water has to go through an external line.

Keeping Your Wall fountain Clean

To ensure that water fountains last a while, it is important to perform regular maintenance. Leaves, twigs, and bugs very often find their way into fountains, so it is essential to keep yours free from such debris. On top of that, algae can be a challenge, because sunshine hitting the water allows it to form easily. Either sea salt, hydrogen peroxide, or vinegar can be blended into the water to eliminate this problem. Another option is to stir bleach into the water, but this action can sicken wild animals and so should really be avoided.

A thorough cleaning every 3-4 months is ideal for garden fountains. The initial task is to get rid of all of the water. When you have done this, scrub inside the water reservoir with a gentle detergent. A good tip is to use a toothbrush if there are little hard-to-reach spots.

Be sure to carefully rinse the inner surface of the fountain to make sure all the soap is gone.

Calcium and fresh water organisms can get inside the pump, so you should disassemble it to get it truly clean. You might want to let it soak in vinegar for a few hours to make it easier to scrub. Neither rain water nor mineral water contain substances that will accumulate inside the pump, so use either over tap water if possible.

One final recommendation for keeping your fountain in top working condition is to check the water level every day and make sure it is full. Permitting the water level to get too low can cause damage to the pump - and you certainly don't want that!

Animals and Water Fountains

If you are thinking about getting a water feature, make sure your pets like it. Your pet dog could think that your stand-alone fountain resembles a large pond to drink from or a pool in which to bathe. Think about setting up a water fountain in your yard since it is a feature that will impact your treasured pets positively.

You may need to consider where you will locate the fountain as birds may take it as a bathing pond. If you want to purposely entice birds, however, installing a birdbath is an ideal solution. Setting up a wall water fountain inside your house is a good solution if you want to avoid such issues. These types of fountains are perfect for dental and medical practices, not to mention stately homes.

Rome’s First Water Delivery Solutions

Previous to 273, when the first elevated aqueduct, Aqua Anio Vetus, was made in Rome, inhabitants who resided on hills had to go even further down to collect their water from natural sources. When aqueducts or springs weren’t easily accessible, people living at higher elevations turned to water pulled from underground or rainwater, which was made possible by wells and cisterns. From the beginning of the sixteenth century, water was routed to Pincian Hill via the underground channel of Acqua Vergine. The aqueduct’s channel was made available by pozzi, or manholes, that were positioned along its length when it was first constructed. The manholes made it less demanding to thoroughly clean the channel, but it was also achievable to use buckets to extract water from the aqueduct, as we discovered with Cardinal Marcello Crescenzi when he owned the property from 1543 to 1552, the year he passed away.

Despite the fact that the cardinal also had a cistern to collect rainwater, it couldn't provide enough water. Thankfully, the aqueduct sat below his residence, and he had a shaft established to give him accessibility.

The Genesis Of Wall Fountains

A fountain, an amazing piece of engineering, not only supplies drinking water as it pours into a basin, it can also propel water high into the air for an extraordinary effect.

Originally, fountains only served a functional purpose. Cities, towns and villages made use of nearby aqueducts or springs to supply them with potable water as well as water where they could bathe or wash. Up until the 19th century, fountains had to be higher and closer to a water supply, such as aqueducts and reservoirs, in order to benefit from gravity which fed the fountains. Fountains were an excellent source of water, and also served to decorate living areas and memorialize the artist. The main components used by the Romans to create their fountains were bronze or stone masks, mostly illustrating animals or heroes.

Throughout the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden planners incorporated fountains to create mini variations of the gardens of paradise. King Louis XIV of France wanted to illustrate his superiority over nature by including fountains in the Gardens of Versailles. The Romans of the 17th and 18th centuries created baroque decorative fountains to exalt the Popes who commissioned them as well as to mark the location where the restored Roman aqueducts entered the city.

Since indoor plumbing became the norm of the day for fresh, drinking water, by the end of the 19th century urban fountains were no longer needed for this purpose and they became purely ornamental. The introduction of unique water effects and the recycling of water were 2 things made possible by replacing gravity with mechanical pumps.

These days, fountains adorn public spaces and are used to recognize individuals or events and fill recreational and entertainment needs.


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